Postal Employees Receive Unexpected Gift

Postage for presents

During this past December, many people received such standard gifts as socks, sweaters, and gift certificates. While the desirability of such gifts is debatable, a common item for one particular group of employees became a gift from an unexpected source.

For the 2012 Christmas season, Australia Post decided to give each of its employees 100 stamps. The gesture is in recognition of the hard work and dedication employees of the Post had shown during the year to meet and exceed the organization’s service objectives.

The total cost of the 2.4 million stamps gifted to employees amounts to $1.44 million. While the organization lost money on its mail delivery service, its parcel operation more than offset the loss. For 2012, Australia Post managed a $281 million profit.

Do you think giving postage stamps as a holiday gift to postal employees in the United States would be a good idea?

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8 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  January 24, 2013

    Yes, I think a gift — or bonus — of stamps is a wonderful idea!

  2. NO – the US Postal Service cannot afford to give stamps away to employees. There are alot of good employees in the Postal Service – but there are alot of slow worthless employees as well. You would be rewarding the bad with the good. Too many times the postal service rewards the bad and punishes the good. How – if you are a good carrier and get your route done in time – you come back to the office and get rewarded by going out and helping a poor performance employee. Also the Postal service needs to do is cut the pay from top management like MPOOS, DM, VP PMG etc – or cut some of those jobs out – the postal service does not need SO many VP’s etc. The Postal Service is too top heavy.

    • Anonymous

       /  January 25, 2013

      too much common sense… we’ll have none of that talk in the USPS…

  3. Pamela Johnson

     /  January 25, 2013

    absolutely!…..but 100 would not be necessary:)

    • Grannybunny

       /  January 25, 2013

      One of the most beautiful issues was the Lady Bird Johnson ones, with only 6 stamps on the sheet. That would not be too many, nor too costly.

  4. Anonymous

     /  January 25, 2013

    Absolutely!! The postal service needs to reward their employees in some kind of way. This will help their performance as well to help them feel appreciated.

    • Grannybunny

       /  January 25, 2013

      Plus, when your write someone a letter — or send them a card — sometimes, they write back, generating more business for USPS!

  5. Jonn

     /  January 25, 2013

    Aren’t there excess stamps that don’t sell? A small block of those could be given to employees as a nice, inexpensive reward.

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